Capcom’s Senior Manager, Masaru Ijuin, has detailed Deep Down’s Panta Rhei Engine on the official website.
Ijuin discussed the issues of the company’s MT Framework engine as the tech advanced,
“Don’t get me wrong. We believe MT Framework is a powerful rendering engine. But it’s clear that heightened game quality leads to a rise in the number of man hours.”
“The amount of work involved in making games for next-gen consoles is eight to ten times greater than what is required for the current generation of consoles.”
Then he added,
“We won’t use Panta Rhei to develop games for the current generation of consoles. We intend to continue using MT Framework’to do that, and use MT Framework Mobile for handhelds and smartphones. These engines provide the optimum development environments for hardware with different characteristics and specifications.”
“If we create games the same way as before, we won’t be able to give our fans what they want, and that’s games unlike any they have ever played. We think we should view this new hardware as an opportunity to tackle new challenges.”
Injuin then added,
“There were people who were initially against the introduction of ‘Panta Rhei.’ I think everyone’s a little apprehensive about changing the development environment. People frequently asked us why we felt the need to replace a smoothly running engine with a new one. We promised to offer them maximum support, and moved ahead with the development of ‘Panta Rhei.’ Currently we’re working with the “deep down” development team and using this engine to make the game.”
“Panta Rhei is designed to unlock the full potential of hardware and maximize the rendering power of next-gen consoles. It also reduces the iterations in developing games for next-gen consoles. To make games more exciting, we need to go through a process of trial and error, such as adjusting parameters and considering how games are played.”
“This process needs to be completed in the shortest amount of time possible. Reducing the iteration time from ten minutes to one minute delivers a tenfold increase on the amount of work we can do.”
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Injuin then explained how the engine has been used to enhance the play experience in PS4 exclusive Deep Down,
“One of the main features is ‘parallelization’. Normally when a game is made, the planner comes up with a plan, and the designer draws a map. The characters are then placed on the map and the created game is played. If the game’s not fun, the map is redesigned from scratch. This is what you would call a serial process. On the other hand, “Panta Rhei” transforms this into a parallel process, thereby minimizing work loss through the coordination of efforts.”
“The players of Deep down”will be surprised to see realistic fire rendered by fluids,” he continued. “Traditionally, fire is rendered by arranging a large number of so-called billboards, but this method fails to depict the motion of fire. We can now make fire look more realistic by using fluids and simulating the flow of the flames. Imagine a T junction at the end of a narrow corridor. The fire rendered through the use of billboards ends at the wall of the T junction. On the other hand, the fire rendered with fluids fans out to the left and right when it hits the wall.
“The effects staff were extremely excited when they discovered this was possible with Panta Rhei (laugh). I think this change will also affect different elements of gameplay. For example, in traditional games a player can run away to safety by turning at a T junction, but in the future that fire might actually chase them around the corner.”
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